Category: Fourteenth Week

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“EVEN THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED” (Matt 10:30)

⏰Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (15 July 2017 – Memorial of St. Bonaventure) ????Gen 49:29-33, 50:15-26a; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7 (R. Ps 69:33); Matt 10:24-33 As a child, St. Bonaventure was struck with a serious ailment which made his mother to beg St. Francis to pray for him. At that time, his name was John but when St. Francis was praying for the young boy, his eyes were opened to the boy’s future and he cried out, “O buona ventura” – O good fortune! That was how he got his name Bonaventure. And indeed, he was...

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“FROM THE LORD COMES THE SALVATION OF THE JUST” (Ps 37:39)

⏰Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (14 July 2017) ????Gen 46:1-7, 28-30; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 (R.v.39a); Matt 10:16-23 Life is not always a bed of roses, and even if it were, rose plants still have thorns. In the same way, life comes with lots of challenges but those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion that cannot be shaken but stands firm forever (Ps 125:1). It does not matter how long it has been bad with you, there is always a light at the end of a tunnel. The story of...

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“I AM YOUR BROTHER, JOSEPH…GOD SENT ME BEFORE YOU TO PRESERVE LIFE” (Gen 45:4-5)

⏰Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 July 2017) ????Gen 44:18-21, 23b-29; Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 (R.v.5a); Matt 10:7-15 My dear, “if God is with us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31). The obvious answer is that nobody can; not even the most powerful agent of the devil. In fact, instead of pushing you away from your destiny, they will aid you to reach it. Amen. The siblings of Joseph sold him to the Egyptian merchants (Gen 37:27-28) because he told them that he dreamt of being their leader and they were bowing before him (Gen...

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REPENT AND LIVE

⏰Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (12 July 2017) ????Gen 41:55-57, 42:5-7a, 17-24a; Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19 (R.v.22); Matt 10:1-7 The prophet Ezekiel said in Ezek 18:21, “If a sinner turns away from his sin, observes my decrees and practices what is right and just, he will live; he will not die.” Consider what transpired between Joseph and his brothers from that angle (cf. Gen 42:20-24). The brothers showed remorse for their evil against him and he was moved to tears. Our catechism teaches us that an act of contrition is an essential part of the Sacrament...

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GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 July 2017 – Memorial of St. Benedict) ????Gen 32:22-32; Ps 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8 and 15 (R.v.15a); Matt 9:32-38 The story of Jacob in Gen 32:24-25 is indeed the story of many of people. Jacob had always had his way in most things before this time. That success was probably getting into his head and he felt that he could get everything he wants by the power of his hand. That could be why God decided to wrestle with him to teach him humility. Sometimes too, when we are going...

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“I AM WITH YOU…I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU UNTIL I HAVE DONE THAT OF WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU” (Gen 28:15)

⏰Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 July 2017) ????Gen 28:10-22a; Ps 91:1-2, 3-4ab, 14-15ab (R.v.2b); Matt 9:18-26 What a beautiful way to begin this new working week! On his way to the place he was sent to by his father, Jacob stopped to rest at nightfall. He must be tired by then and probably filled with guilt after taking his brother’s position. And he was already some distance off home. He might be thinking that God has deserted him. Then came the vision in Gen 28:10ff. So, today, God reassures us that no matter how far...